Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Tennessee a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Tennessee.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Volunteer State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Tennessee, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 89 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Volunteer State for 2018:
- Williamson County (Photos)
- Sumner County (Photos)
- Cheatham County (Photos)
- Wilson County (Photos)
- Loudon County (Photos)
- Washington County (Photos)
- Rutherford County (Photos)
- Smith County (Photos)
- Robertson County (Photos)
- Montgomery County (Photos)
Williamson County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Tennessee. And you might want to avoid Cocke County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Tennessee, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
How do you determine which Tennessee county is the best?
To give you the best county in Tennessee, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Tennessee across each of the criteria from one to 89, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Tennessee’.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Volunteer State.
Read on to see why Williamson County is the best county, while Cocke County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Tennessee.
8. Smith County
There You Have It – The Best Counties In Tennessee To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Tennessee can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Tennessee according to the data:
- Cocke County
- Hardin County
- Lauderdale County
For more Tennessee reading, check out:
- 10 Safest Places In Tennessee
- These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Tennessee
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Tennessee
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In Tennessee